Over the past fifteen months I have been researching and writing a novel on the samizdat movement in 1970s Czechoslovakia. The story was sparked by a poem, a partially remembered song and the life of the Russian dissident Natalya Gorbanevskaya. Every now and again I come across some new information about the era and a new website.
This weekend I have stumbled across a website devoted to documentaries. Of most immediate interest to me is the film 5 Minutes of Freedom. This is a film about the Warsaw Pact countries invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
One of the anti-invasion protesters arrested in Moscow was Natalya Gorbanevskaya, whose book about the trials I mentioned in a previous post. She pops up in the film about those protests.
All the above films are documentaries about the experience of being different in Russia. Being a Russian in Russia is, of course, an interesting experience at all times and in all situations. Something we in the West should learn more about, perhaps….